I found this odd rooty thing growing in one of the pots on my patio - any idea what it might be? I'm in Cape Town, South Africa, and it's the tail end of winter here.
This is possibly some species in the subfamily Scilloideae. (sometimes considered as separate family called Hyacinthaceae). This group of plants is a subfamily of bulbous plants within the family Asparagaceae.
- Scilloideae are distributed mostly in Mediterranean climates, including South Africa
This subfamily contains many popular spring-flowering garden bulbs, so it would not be unlikely to see these growing up toward the very end of winter.
Drimiopsis maculata seems like a fair guess at the species (or closely related to the species in the question).
According to here, info pertaining to Drimiopsis maculata includes:
Distribution: widespread in eastern South Africa
Bulb description: Globose, fleshy, mostly exposed at the surface of the ground, about 2.5 cm in diameter and have large visible scales
Leaves: mottled, but typically lose color to become all green.
I'm hesitant to provide more info because I'm still not sure about this identification. Figured I'd throw it up to see if others could rabbit-hole their way to a better answer...